Daniel Mancini’s of Mama Mancini's Italian Style Mac n' Cheese

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Author Notes: Fun Friday night dinner for the whole family to enjoy!tastytots17

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Serves 4

Cheese Sauce Ingredients:

  • 5 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 5 tablespoons flour
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 pound bacon - cooked, drained and crumbled
  • 1/4 cup parsley
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 4 ounces grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 ounces grated Asiago cheese
  • 8 ounces shredded Fontina cheese
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni cooked 3-min short or recommended time, strained
  • 1/2 cup pasta water

Toppings: Ingredients and Preparation - Mix all of the following into a bowl

  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 5 ounces melted butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 2 ounces crumbled cooked bacon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  1. Melt the butter in a large heavy pot and sauté the onion, garlic, salt, pepper for 5 minutes
  2. Add the flour and whisk for 2-3 minutes, kinda making a roux
  3. Add the cream, milk and stir until this comes to a boil
  4. Lower to a simmer and stir in all the cheese.
  5. Stir until it all melts while adding the 1/2 cup of pasta water
  6. Stir in the parsley, bacon and the cooked macaroni until all combined
  7. Pour this into a 9"x13" buttered baking dish
  8. Spread on the toppings
  9. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 20-30 minutes. You'll see the cheese bubbling and the top will be a golden brown - that's when you know it's done!

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